Funds will go towards saving and enhancing the lives of homeless pets in the greater Houston metropolitan area
Rescued Pets Movement (RPM)—the largest US homeless animal rehabilitation and transport 501(c)(3) nonprofit—will receive a $95,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love. On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the gift will be awarded during a special celebration at Greater Heights Petco at 901 North Shepherd Drive in Houston, Texas.
According to an organizational release, this award is in support of thenonprofit’s lifesaving work for the rescue, rehabilitation, and transport of homeless animals from shelters and rescues in the greater Houston metropolitan area to permanent homes in other US communities that have a demand for adoptable pets.
“Our investment in Rescued Pets Movement is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” expressed Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love, in the release. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”
Rescued Pets Movement offers a second chance for thousands of homeless dogs and cats annually. By connecting the oversupply of homeless animals in the Houston area with the very high demand for adoptable homeless animals in other states, RPM can increase the number of animals saved. In 2021, RPM saved 7,760 homeless dogs and cats (and 1 pig) from the City of Houston Animal Shelter (BARC). More than 57% of those animals were deemed unadoptable because of medical conditions or behavior issues, which consist of the largest percentage of animals euthanized. That same year, RPM accounted for 71% of the total rescue transfers at BARC.1
“We are thrilled to receive this substantial, lifesaving investment from Petco Love!” said Cindy Perini, president of Rescued Pets Movement. “It is truly an honor to partner with Petco Love—the funds from our grant will help us save the lives of over 1,000 homeless animals from 30 smaller shelters and rescue groups across the Greater Houston Metropolitan area.
“Petco Love’s past grants to us have had a profoundly positive impact on the homeless animal overpopulation problem in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, including at many smaller and rural shelters in our area that were once forgotten and had very few options to save the pets that entered these shelters. By working together, Petco Love and RPM are part of the solution of saving thousands of homeless animals each year from the Greater Houston Metropolitan area that would likely be euthanized,” she added.
National nonprofit Petco Love invests in Rescued Pets Movement Inc to save and improve the lives of homeless pets in the greater Houston metropolitan area. News release. Rescued Pets Movement Inc. July 7, 2022. Accessed July 8, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-nonprofit-petco-love-invests-in-rescued-pets-movement-inc-to-save-and-improve-the-lives-of-homeless-pets-in-the-greater-houston-metropolitan-area-301582574.html